Company Vision

To be the leading provider of contaminated land and geotechnical services that; Clients prefer and recommend; our team are proud of and regulators respect.


Our mission is to provide the best contaminated land and geotechnical services to every single client by creating an inspiring and happy culture.

We will facilitate a friendly, family orientated working environment, where the team can enjoy work, excel and innovate. We are more than the sum of our parts.

We constantly strive to be the best at what we do by listening to what you say, being acutely aware of all matters of compliance and industry trends. Our team will do what it takes to ensure our clients have the right information they require, when they need it. We will be judged by what our clients say.

Everyone within Ground and Water is a part of our success. A happy, knowledgeable team means happy, satisfied clients. Everyone matters. We can only do that with a team that feels trusted, included and inspired.

We want everyone at Ground and Water to grow with the business. We strive to give everyone the opportunity to advance their career within Ground and Water and realise their full potential.

Company Cultural Values

Ground and Water was formed through friendship and trust, and those values remain at the heart of the company.  These core principles are outlined below in our 10 A’s for an AMAZING team.


I am wholly accountable for my actions and decisions. I recognise my responsibilities to the company, the client and the wider community.


I adapt to my environment and situation to suit the team and my clients. I am agile. I am able to move quickly to suit my clients’ needs. I am a team worker.


I treat everyone on equal terms and always with respect. I am open to advice and ideas and treat our clients and suppliers as individuals, putting people at ease and making them feel valued.


I am committed to professionalism, quality and attention to detail. I strive for excellence.


I accept decisions that may go against me. I accept constructive criticism. I analyse and learn from these experiences. I accept new team members as part of the family without prejudice and am wholly inclusive of others.


I say thank you. I celebrate my own success and my teammates’ equally.  I always give praise where it’s due.


I am pro-active, disciplined and focused at work. I am committed to the Vision, Mission and Culture and success of Ground & Water. I deliver on promises to our clients and to my fellow team members. I am reactive to the needs of our clients and partners.


A career with Ground & Water is an adventure. I enjoy my work. It is technically challenging, mentally stimulating, varied and fun. Work is rewarding and I appreciate it.  I share my enthusiasm and contribute to a happy atmosphere so that Ground and Water is a company where everyone enjoys working and feels appreciated.


I conduct myself with integrity at all times. I am genuine.


I am ambitious and hold high expectations of myself and others. I strive to continuously improve myself.

Our Management Team

Dipalee Jukes


Dipalee read Geology at Southampton University graduating as a Master of Geology in 2002. It was here in 1998 she met co-director Francis Williams.

After graduation Dipalee held a geo-environmental engineer position at a Geotechnical and environmental consultancy for three years before being promoted to senior geo-environmental engineer. A post she held for two and half years.

In 2009 Dipalee set up Ground & Water with Francis. Based in London, Dipalee’s specialist field is geo-environmental but her main responsibility is managing and developing the business, including looking after finance and human resources. She is a member of the Geological Society of London, a member of the Society for Brownfield Risk Assessment and is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.

A working mother, in her spare time Dipalee enjoys home renovation, cooking, and skiing. She has also been known to do the occasional bungee jump!

Francis Williams


Francis graduated from Southampton University in 2002 with a Master of Geology degree.

Having spent a year as a geoenvironmental technician at a regional environmental consultancy, he then spent six years as a geoenvironmental engineer and senior engineer, as well as holding the position of associate director.

Francis founded Ground & Water with Dipalee in 2009. Francis is responsible for the operational side of the business and is a contaminated land specialist. He is also a Chartered Geologist from the Geological Society of London.

Francis is a member of the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists, the Society for Brownfield Risk Assessment and is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.

In his spare time, Francis runs a small vineyard and winery, is a Chartered Environmentalist and plays rugby.

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